Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite BIOGRAPHY

Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, better known as Kak√°, is a Brazilian midfielder who plays for Italian Serie A club A.C. Milan and the Brazilian national team. He was the recipient of both the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards in 2007, and was named in the 2008 Time 100.

Anna Kournikova

Anna was born in Moscow, Russia, June 7, 1981. Anna is a world class star professional tennis player. Her lean athletic body is truly distracting. Anna's parents who travel with her, are Alla and Sergei, and they refer to her as "Murzik", that means "my little pet" in Russian. She received her first tennis racquet at 5 years old when her parents sold their TV to buy her a present for Christmas. She graduated from a Russian high school in 1997.
At nine years old, Anna was spotted playing in the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, and was offered the opportunity to train at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida. When Anna was only 13 years old she made it to the final in the Rolex Orange Bowl tournament. There, she unfortunately lost to 18 year old Spaniard Marion Ramon. The revenge for Anna would come as soon as the next year. Then, Anna made it all the way to the final again and there she defeated Sandra Nacuk of Yugoslavia. In 1999, she won her first Grand Slam title with Martina Hingis at doubles in the Australian Open. Though a top ten singles player, Anna's only Grand Slam title to date came in the 1999 Australian open Ladies' Doubles with Hingis. Anna is one of the most glamorous of the new generation of women players.

Anna says she would like to be an actress. She also likes reading, listening to music, watching TV, dancing, going to parties, swimming, giving tennis coaching to children, and she is also quite interested in ice hockey. Anna has collected dolls from every country she has visited.

Though not yet the world's best tennis player, Anna has gained extra popularity due to her good looks and sometimes extravagant behavior and posing as a model. In 2000, she was named the most searched for athlete on the internet and for many years has been the world's best known female athlete.
Presently endorsed by Adidas, Yonex, Berlei the famous sports bra, Omega, and Lycos. Anna has certainly come a long way from the days when her parents could hardly afford to buy her a tennis racket.

Anna's earnings for 1999 stood at $11 million for endorsements alone, and they have surely increased by now, making her the highest paid female tennis player. As a cover girl, Anna was named one of Peoplemagazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1998, and graced the cover of Sports Illustrated's June 2000 edition.
Anna has raised the profile of the ladies game to new levels, and she is a major worldwide celebrity, with a lifestyle to match her supermodel looks.

Anna Kournikova

Anna Kournikova

Ana Ivanovic

No.1 - Ana Ivanovic

Tennis (Serbia)

Women’s tennis has been somewhat of a revolving door, but a new darling arrived when 20-year-old Ana Ivanovic won her first Grand Slam at the 2008 French Open.

The up-and-coming star is the first Serbian female tennis player to be ranked No. 1 in the world.

Ana Ivanovic is girl-next-door cute on the court as she fist pumps after big points, but off the court, she is grown and sexy. She’s definitely not shy and should start cutting into Maria Sharapova’s press time if she keeps winning. Ana Ivanovic will be making her Olympic debut in 2008.

Amanda Beard

No.2 - Amanda Beard

Swimmer (USA)

Olympic medals: One Gold, four Silvers and one Bronze, 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens

Amanda Beard
is one of the consensus favorites among Olympic hotties and her game has no visible flaws.

She is polished at the Olympics with medals galore as evidence. She has opened up for Playboy, FHM and Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue. And she panders some more to the guys while gaining some television experience with recurring appearances on The Best Damn Sports Show Period.

Clearly, her focus is on a variety of ventures, but Beard will be part of the U.S. Olympic Swim Team for a fourth consecutive Olympics in Beijing.

Amy Acuff

No.3 - Amy Acuff

High Jump (USA)

Olympic medals: None

Amy Acuff will become a four-time Olympian this summer, but more notably -- for some people -- she is a one-time Playboy cover girl.

The 32-year-old hottie has seven combined National titles (indoor and outdoor), but has yet to medal at the Olympics. Her closest call was a fourth-place finish at the 2004 Games in Athens.

Amy Acuff is definitely one of the sexier Olympians and she isn’t shy about showing off. Aside from Playboy, she’s also laid out for Maxim and FHM.

Hope Solo

No.4 - Hope Solo

Soccer (USA)

Olympic medals: None

Defeat is always a bitter taste, especially if you were on the bench watching helplessly.

That’s how Hope Solo felt as the U.S. Women’s Soccer team lost 4-0 in the 2007 World Cup to Brazil. Solo, who allowed only two goals in four games, was inexplicably benched in favor of 36-year-old Briana Scurry, who hadn’t played a full game in months. She let her coach Greg Ryan have it in a fiery post-game rant.

Needless to say, Hope Solo will be looking to replace that sour memory with a sweet one as the U.S. team heads to Beijing. Ryan is no longer coaching the team and Solo has been named the starting keeper.

Becky Hammon

No.5 - Becky Hammon

Basketball (Russia)

Olympic medals: None

Even though Becky Hammon was an WNBA MVP candidate in 2007, she felt she wasn’t going to make the cut for the U.S. Women’s Basketball team. With a Russian citizenship in tow, Hammon made a decision that many people felt -- including U.S. Women’s head coach, Ann Donovan -- was unattractive: Hammon decided to play for the Russian team.

Her patriotism was ridiculously questions in the American media, but Becky Hammon didn’t want to pass up the chance to be an Olympian.

Regardless of what the extraneous judges are saying, Big Shot Becky is a hottie, which is why she’s on this list.

Natalie Coughlin

No.6 - Natalie Coughlin

Swimmer (USA)

Olympic medals: Two Golds, two Silvers and one Bronze, 2004 Athens

The blonde bombshell made a splash at the 2004 Athens Games, winning two golds, two silvers and a bronze. Natalie Coughlin is only the second female swimmer to win five medals at one Olympics and the first to crack the one-minute mark for the 100-meter backstroke.

Coughlin holds the record for the 100-meter backstroke and you can expect to see her sexy dimples several times in Beijing as she aims to reel in six gold medals.

Nastia Liukin

No.7 - Nastia Liukin

Gymnast (USA)

Olympic medals: None

Russian-born gymnast Nastia Liukin probably wouldn’t be part of the U.S. Olympic Team if this were the 1988 Olympics, but it’s 2008, and she’s getting set for her red, white and blue Olympic debut.

Trained by her parents, the 19-year-old Nastia Liukin has tallied nine World Championships, which ties her with Shannon Miller for the most by any other American gymnast.

She has been part of U.S. National gymnastic teams since the age of 12, but was too young to be eligible for the Athens Games in 2004, which is why Beijing will be her first Olympics.

Gymnasts are known for their bodies and Liukin is no different; her body was rated one of the 11 Best on Earth by Glamour magazine.

Kelly Sotherton

No.8 - Kelly Sotherton

Heptathlete (Great Britain)

Olympic medals: Bronze, 2004 Athens

British cutie Kelly Sotherton was a surprise Bronze medalist at the 2004 Athens Games, but she has built on her performance since then. She won a gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and then added a bronze at the 2007 World Championships.

Kelly Sotherton likes to promote her sport, which is why she’ll be stripping down to the bare minimums to do some photos this summer. Needless to say, she’s quickly gaining fans.

After her closest rival retired, Kelly Sotherton is the favorite to win gold in Beijing.

Yelena Isinbayeva

No.9 - Yelena Isinbayeva

Pole Vault (Russia)

Olympic medals: Gold, 2004 Athens

Adding a pole vaulter to the list sets up for some cheesy sex jokes, but don’t worry, she’s acknowledged her “male couch potato” fan base and understands than she is viewed as a sex symbol.

Jokes aside, Yelena Isinbayeva definitely deserves mention. Yelena Isinbayeva has been tabbed as one of the best female pole vaulters of all time and there isn’t much that she hasn’t accomplished.

She’s held 21 records in her career, including being the only woman to break the five-meter barrier. She is the current Olympic champion, the reigning World Champion and is a two-time IAAF Female Athlete of the Year.

Logan Tom

No.10 - Logan Tom

Volleyball (USA)

Olympic medals: None

Logan Tom, daughter of former NFL linemen, Mel Tom, has been a phenomenal volleyball player from a very young age. At 16, she was the youngest player on the 1996 U.S. Junior National Team and was the youngest player ever to be selected for the Senior Team at age 19.

Aside from National accomplishments, Logan Tom trashed a bunch of high school volleyball records en route to becoming the Gatorade National High School Player of the year and was twice named the AVCA Player of the Year while at Stanford.

Although she has been one of the key cogs on the U.S. team over the last two Olympics, they haven’t finished better than fourth.

Sania Mirza On Sprite Add

Sania Mirza

Sania Mirza (born November 15,
1986) is an Indian tennis player. She was born in Mumbai, brought up in Hyderabad. Coached by her father, Imran Mirza, she began playing tennis at the age of six, turning professional in 2003. She is the highest ranked female tennis player ever from India, with a career high ranking of 27 in singles and 18 in doubles. She was ranked 31st in the singles category and 18th in the doubles category in the WTA rankings of January 7, 2008,
Sania Mirza holds the distinction of being the first Indian woman to be seeded in a Grand Slam tennis tournament when she was seeded 26th in the 2007 U.S. Open. Earlier in 2005, she had become the first Indian woman to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament at the 2005 U.S. Open, defeating Mashona Washington, Maria Elena Camerin and Marion Bartoli. In 2004, she finished runner up at the Asian Tennis Championship. In 2005, Mirza reached the third round of the Australian Open, losing to eventual champion Serena Williams. On February 12, 2005, she became the first Indian woman to win a WTA singles title, defeating Alyona Bondarenko of Ukraine in the Hyderabad Open Finals.

Mirza won the 2003 Wimbledon Championships Girls' Doubles title, teaming up with Alisa Kleybanova of Russia. Mirza does not enjoy clay court. Her best performance in French Open singles has been a second round appearance in 2007.
As of September 2006, Mirza has notched up three top 10 wins against Svetlana Kuznetsova, Nadia Petrova and Martina Hingis.

At the 2006 Doha Asian Games, Mirza won the silver in the women's singles category and the gold in the mixed doubles partnering Leander Paes.

Sania Mirza

Through a wild card entry to the 2005 Australian Open and created history by becoming the first Indian woman to enter the third round of a Grand Slam tournament. She lost in the 3rd round to Serena Williams. She became the first Indian woman to win a WTA singles title defeating Alyona Bondarenko of Ukraine in the Hyderabad Open Finals on February 12, 2005.

The 5ft. 7in sexy looking Sania Mirza is having a large fan following ind India. She was awarded the Arjuna award in tennis for the year 2004. She has defeated two top 10 players, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Nadia Petrova too. Sania won the Wimbledon Championships Girls’ Doubles title in 2003, teaming up with Alisa Kleybanova of Russia.

Through a wild card entry to the 2005 Australian Open and created history by becoming the first Indian woman to enter the third round of a Grand Slam tournament. She lost in the 3rd round to Serena Williams. She became the first Indian woman to win a WTA singles title defeating Alyona Bondarenko of Ukraine in the Hyderabad Open Finals on February 12, 2005.

Sania on Doha Asian Games 2006 According to Doha Asian Games Organizing Committe, Sania Mirza and Leander Paes will play mixed doubles in warm up for their tilt at Doha 2006 gold by playing together at the Asian Hopman Cup in Delhi next week, it was announced on Saturday 4 November. The darling of Indian tennis is hoping she will turn around a disappointing year by winning the mixed doubles tournament with Paes in front of her own fans and then taking gold in Doha the following month.

Starting 22 November, the Asian Hopman Cup will be the perfect build-up to Doha for Mirza and Paes and will see them come up against quality male and female double acts from China, Thailand, Japan, Uzbekistan and Chinese Taipei.

Jennie Finch

Olympic softball gold medalist -- and SI Swimsuit model -- Jennie Finch, heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Nadia Comaneci and UFC star Tito Ortiz are among the 14 "celebrities" who will compete on the next edition of The Apprentice.

Pitcher Jennie Finch #27 of the United States delivers a pitch against China during the women's preliminaries softball game at the Fengtai Softball Field on Day 10 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 18, 2008 in Beijing, China.

Fanni Juhasz

No.10 - Fanni Juhasz

Pole vault, Hungary
Playboy edition: September 2004

Making the cut in Playboy’s “The Women of the Olympics” spectacular, which ran right after the 2004 Olympic Summer Games in Greece finished up, was a relatively obscure athlete from Hungary named Fanni Juhasz.

Although she might have been an underdog in stature, the sexy pole vaulter posed like a pro. Her nude pictorial included a picture with her and her 15-foot pole on the beach.

Her Olympic career didn’t amount to much, which makes this one of her most notable accomplishments while representing Hungary.
Anita Marks
No.9 - Anita Marks Quarterback, Miami Fury Playboy edition: September 2002 Finding females who truly adore sports is like finding a good Anna Faris movie: there just aren’t that many out there. Speaking of Anna Faris: she made the cover of Playboy’s September 2008 issue.

Anita Marks, an authentic sports doter, is one of those rare finds. She grew up playing football with the boys and eventually quarterbacked two women’s professional football teams, the Miami Fury and the Florida Stingrays.
After playing under center, Anita Marks did the Playboy centerfold in 2002. It was at this point that she earned a bid into the guy’s Hall of Fame, but she’s still waiting on the call from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Anita Marks now hosts a daily drive-home show on ESPN Radio in Baltimore.

Ineta Radevica

No.8 - Ineta Radevica

Long jump and triple jump, Latvia
Playboy edition: September 2004

There are more than a few hockey players that seem to attract the sexy female celebs: Mike Comrie reeled in Hilary Duff, Jarret Stoll netted Rachel Hunter and Petr Schastlivy drafted Olympian Ineta Radevica.

Ineta Radevica, a Latvian track and field athlete, was in the “Women of the Olympics” edition in 13th.

September 2004. The tall, slender and sexy blonde was in perfect shape for her photos, and it’s safe to say you wouldn’t kick her out of bed for eating crackers.
Ineta Radevica is a two-time NCAA triple jump champion, but her best Olympic finish was

Susen Tiedtke-Green

No.7 - Susen Tiedtke-Green

Track and field, Germany
Playboy edition: September 2004

Susen Tiedtke-Green might need performance-enhancing drugs to compete with the women at the Olympics, but she doesn’t need any artificial assistance to become a female athlete in Playboy.
The three-time Olympian, who did test positive for steroids in her career, made her most notable appearance in the Olympics in 2004 when she posed for Playboy’s “Women of the Olympics” edition right before.
Susen Tiedtke-Green has been more focused on modeling of late, and it doesn’t take more than a first look to understand why. The tall blonde is easy on the eyes and has some physical similarities to fellow German model Claudia Schiffer.

Haley Cope

No.6 - Haley Cope

Swimmer, USA
Playboy edition: September 2004

For some women on this list, appearing in Playboy might be the highlight of their athletic career. For Haley Cope, however, she’ll have something else to show except for some salacious snapshots.

Haley Cope, another one of the sexy athletes featured in the 2004 “Women of the Olympics” edition, was a pretty good backstroke swimmer for Team USA. She was the 50 meter world champion in 2001, and at the 2004 Athens Games she was part of the relay team that won the silver medal.

Lucky for us, Playboy caught the Olympic medalist doing some skinny-dipping.

Amy Acuff

No.5 - Amy Acuff

High Jump, USA
Playboy edition: September 2004

Amy Acuff has won eight combined indoor and outdoor United States high jump championships and, in September 2004, she championed the cover of Playboy.
She’s a four-time Olympian, but her success has never translated to the international event.
Her success from Playboy did translate into more modeling opportunities, though, as the cover girl has become one of the more famous Olympic athletes since she was seen bending over half-nude and tying her shoe.
She’s still looking for her first Olympic medal.
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